So, I did a thing with Voyage Houston.
Here’s the link: http://voyagehouston.com/interview/meet-matt-manalo-matt-manalo-houston-texas/
The effect of the cultural bomb is to annihilate a people’s belief in their names, in their languages, in their environment, in their heritage of struggle, in their unity, in their capacities and ultimately in themselves. It makes them see their past as one wasteland of non-achievement and it makes them want to distance themselves from that wasteland. It makes them want to identify with that which is furthest removed from themselves; for instance, with other peoples’ languages rather than their own. It makes them identify with that which is decadent and reactionary, all those forces that would stop their own springs of life. It even plants serious doubts about the moral righteousness of struggle. Possibilities of triumph or victory are seen as remote, ridiculous dreams. The intended results are despair, despondency and a collective death-wish.
(Ngugi wa Thiong’o)
“Assimilation 01, 02, and 03” (2017)
Immigrant assimilation is a complex process in which immigrants not only fully integrate themselves into a new country but also lose aspects, perhaps even all of their heritage. Social scientists rely on four primary benchmarks to assess immigrant assimilation: socioeconomic status, geographic distribution, second language attainment, and intermarriage. William A.V. Clark defines immigrant assimilation as "a way of understanding the social dynamics of American society and that it is the process that occurs spontaneously and often unintended in the course of interaction between majority and minority groups.
12 x 12 inches
Mixed Media on Panel
I’ve attached some detail photos of the piece. Notice the subtle blue line underneath the rattan rope.
I’m so honored to be included in the 2018 edition of The Fil-Am Artist Directory I also got a write-up about my practice from art homie/smart mami/ curator from the Getty, Jennelyn Tumalad! Of course it wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the hard-work and talent of Janna Langholz and everyone who came and has been supporting this project since it’s beginning!
2018 | What's the New News / Nathaniel DonnettWhat’s The New News is a collaboration amongst creatives and the community that speaks to the importance of the neighborhood, artists, writers, and literacy. It interrupts the everyday with the everyday by asking the community to rethink how objects, art, and information are involved in our daily lives. Newspaper racks will be transformed into public art and placed in important and valued locations within the community. The information presented for the public will take the form of articles, experimental writing, raps, and poetry.
Issue 1Participating writers include Julia Brown, Ciaràn Finlayson, Lindsay Gary, John Pluecker, Dr. Andrea Roberts, Jean Sebastien, Charisse Pearlina Weston, and Carol Zou. Donnett will also collaborate with artists Ashura Bayyan, Jeanette Degollado, Brian Ellison, Phillip Pyle II, and Monica Villarreal.
Issue 2Participating writers include Michon Benson, Julia Brown, Theresa Escobedo, Jeremy Johnson, Josie Pickens, Dr. Andrea Roberts, and Laura A.L. Wellen. Artists designing the second set of newsstands: Nathaniel Donnett, Marlon Foster, Matt Manalo, Sofia Mekonnen, and Anthony Suber.
Issues of What's the New News will available at newsstands posted around Third Ward: Project Row Houses, Doshi House, S.H.A.P.E. Community Center, Crumbville TX, and the Third Ward Multi-Services Center.